1. ROCK A CONCERT
How epic is Life in Color, aka “the world’s largest paint party”? These photos from last year’s Idaho visit paint a pretty colorful picture. Life in Color’s return Saturday to the Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater should be bigger and wilder, thanks to internationally known headliner Diplo. Other concert highlights this weekend? The Shook Twins cruise into The Olympic on Friday. Gov’t Mule will rock the Knitting Factory on Friday. Jessica Hernandez will headline at Neurolux on Sunday. And prepare your liver for the Punk in Drublic tour, which which invades the Idaho Center Amphitheater for 10 hours Sunday with more than 100 craft beers and live performances from NOFX, Bad Religion, Goldfinger, Less Than Jake and Bad Cop Bad Cop. Monday morning could be rough.
2. HEAD NORTH
The end of summer must be near, because this weekend marks an annual late-season tradition in the North End: The Hyde Park Street Fair. Here’s all you need to know. It’s Friday through Sunday at Camel’s Back Park. And like I wrote last year, “What’s new at this weekend’s Hyde Park Street Fair in Boise? Nothing, thanks!” Here are the music headliners: Ned Evett Glass Guitar Experience from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jeff Crosby & The Refugees from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and Matt Hopper & the Roman Candles from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
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3. GO BREW IT
Punk in Drublic isn’t the weekend’s only keg party. Payette Brewing — Idaho’s largest brewery — will host an indoor/outdoor Oktoberfest bash Saturday with German-style brew served in 1-liter steins. About a dozen local breweries will pour from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Boise Spectrum as part of Rock’n Brews & BBQ, a combination barbecue competition and brewfest. And PreFunk Beer Bar in Nampa will celebrate its three-year anniversary with live bands from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday. (The fun includes a special beer release from Barbarian Brewing.)
4. SCARE SOMETHING UP
Halloween is near. Wait, no it’s not. That won’t stop The Haunted World from throwing open its creaky doors Friday. The spook zone will operate weekends-only through September before going full-time in October. If you work up the guts to experience it, expect to spend about two hours. All in the spirit of fun, of course. This is not McKamey Manor. Thank God. Still, you do have to drive to Caldwell. That can seem pretty terrifying if you’re in search of a restaurant with fresh sushi or something.
5. SIP TOP-SHELF BOURBON
Bourbon is all the rage these days. If you’re a hobbyist or burgeoning connoisseur, consider dropping $75 to attend the Boise Bourbon Bash from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Amsterdam Lounge, 609 W. Main St. You’ll get to taste from a selection of more than 100 types of premium bourbon and whiskey such as WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey, Old Rip Van Winkle, Van Winkle Special Reserve, The Balvenie DoubleWood and more. There’s also an unlimited buffet. Grab tickets at Amsterdam in advance or at the door.
BONUS: LIGHT YOUR ARTISTIC FIRE
Passionate about storytelling and the stage? Boise Community Theater, 854 Fulton St., will be taken over Friday through Sunday with the Campfire Theatre Festival. There will be five staged readings. Workshops will cover topics such as “Creating Natural Characters” and “How to Build the 21st Century Artist.” Local acts such as Boise Bard Players and Migration Theory will perform. “We hope you laugh, we hope you cry, we hope you make a friend or two,” organizers explain. “You just have to bring your stories.” [More]
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